From traditional celebrations honoring the mountain heritage, to our more niche festivals such as the Asheville Yoga Festival, here are some of this summer’s festivals and events to count down the rest of the dog days ahead.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands (summer fair), July 18-21 — Don’t miss Asheville’s biggest craft show of the year, celebrating 72 years in 2019. For three days each July and October, the US Cellular Center in Asheville comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. The Fairs showcase the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and feature craft demonstrations, regional music and entertainment.
RiverFest & Anything That Floats Parade, July 20 — River Fest is an annual fundraiser celebrating the French Broad River. It’s held at New Belgium Brewing (21 Craven Street) on the river near downtown Asheville 1-8 p.m. with live music, local beer, food trucks and more. Admission is free. The festival is the finish line for the very fun and zany Anything That Floats Parade that kicks off at 9 a.m. at Hominy Creek River Park for floaters. Watch the entries arrive as the festival kicks off. You are also welcome to enter the competition by building an outrageous raft, float or flotilla. Winners will be chosen in four categories: most creative, green machine, funniest and judge’s choice. Don’t forget the costumes!
Our Global Table: A Benefit Celebrating the Culinary Diversity of Our Community, Saturday, July 21 — In the River Arts District, Our Global Table transforms The Wedge Foundation to create an international food court for an afternoon. For $30 (free to children 8 and under), visitors can sample a passport’s worth of international flavor, curated by talented community neighbors. With each ticket, you will receive a small plate from each food vendor. A cash bar of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available on site, in addition to live music and performers for the duration of the event from noon to 4 p.m.
Asheville Yoga Festival, Friday, July 25 — Sunday, July 28 — Set in the heart of the ancient and mystical Appalachian Mountains, Asheville Yoga Festival is a space for connection, adventure, play, relaxation & healing. Hosted in the Downtown area, the festival will host 40 presenters and musicians, and over 90 yoga, music and outdoor activities. In between classes and events, the festival organizes a Mountain Air Market hosting a variety of unique health and wellness vendors and tasty treats. The event is free to the public, and pedestrian friendly. For more details, visit https://www.ashevilleyogafestival.com.
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Aug. 1-3 — Watch and listen to some of the finest Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams at the nation’s longest running folk festival. Beginning back to 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival presents threee nights of authentic bluegrass music and dance with a different line-up each night. The indoor performances are held at Lipinsky Hall on the University of NC-Asheville campus at 6:30-9:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are on sale now at https://folkheritage.org/asheville-events/mountain-dance-and-folk-festival/.